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Paper

The core of Lost Coast Culture Machine is paper.

Our choice materials for papermaking are invasive species and otherwise landfill-bound rag, but we also make paper from flax, hemp, abaca, shredded cash, and various other local plants and natural fibers.  The fibers are cut small & cooked, then rinsed and beaten into pulp, then mixed with water, drawn into sheets, and finally pressed and dried, without all the poisonous chemicals used in the production of wood-based papers.

We produce handmade papers intended for fine arts applications such as bookmaking, letterpress, printmaking, painting and drawing, as well as premium papers suitable for everyday journaling and correspondence.  We can make sheets of varying thickness, from very thin to board-weight, and custom orders for announcements, invitations, books, or anything you can imagine in any size, color, material, or finish, are entirely welcome.

We primarily work with traditional western-style wove & laid papermaking moulds crafted to our specifications by Isaac Fisher of Pachyderm Furniture Works.  Our largest mould produces a sheet 25” x 38”, while our smaller moulds produce sheets at 19” x 26”.  From there, our sizes diminish to 11” x 17”, 9” x 12”, 8.5” x 11”, and our 6” x 9” stationary size, with envelopes to match.

Our equipment includes a 5lb. Noble and Woods hollander beater, a customized 50-ton press, a forced-air, flat restraint drying system, and a couching table and vat to accommodate our largest sheets and moulds. We also have a pulp sprayer to produce sheets up to 8 x 8′, as well as screenprinting & relief printing capabilities.

Making Pampas Grass Stationery

Pampas Grass, originally introduced to the California coast to control erosion, is now a widespread invasive species that chokes off and out-competes local flora.  Luckily for us, we can’t harvest enough of it, and once it’s cooked, rinsed, and beaten, it makes for an exquisitely versatile paper.… Read More

LCCM Paper Studio & Equipment

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Shredded US Currency

Thanks to a generous donation from artist Christine Schomer, LCCM received over 100 lbs. of shredded currency to experiment with for papermaking.  As you might assume, it turns out to be a fantastic material.… Read More

Inaugural run of LCCM’s papermill

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Preparing Cotton Rag for beating

LCCM receives an abundance of clothes & linens made from cotton & other plant fibers each week from local thrift stores, most notably Hospice Thrift Store & Paul Bunyan Thrift Store. We only receive items that they are unable to sell for a number of reasons including stains & holes, smoke & mildew.… Read More